2011 was an exceptional vintage for Pinot Noir wine quality in the Arroyo Seco appellation. Although similar to 2010 in terms of total growing degree days that fuel overall grape maturation, the 2011 vintage had just 15 days over 90°F for the season, with none occurring during the critical period of maturation. Pinot Noir starts forming the red pigments seen in a wine glass in early August, during this period known as veraison. The greatest wine color occurs when the fruit temperature is just below 80°F during veraison, which is exactly what happened in the 2011 season. This exceptional weather coupled with a low 1.7 ton per acre yield in the vineyard resulted in a notable vintage for wine quality.
Our Pinot Noir vineyard resides in the cool and windy enclave of the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Comprised of multiple Dijon selections of Pinot Noir clones (115, 667, 777), as well as Pommard 4, the vines are grown on extremely well-drained, loamy sand and gravelly loam soils intermixed and underlain by large potato-sized cobblestones. The unique combination of soil, climate and viticulture produces deeply-colored Pinot Noir with elegantly refined structure and flavor.
|Appellation:||Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA|
|Composition:||100% Pinot Noir|
|Maturation:||Aged 8 months in French oak barrels; 50% new|
|Cellaring:||6 to 8 year aging potential with the greatest evolution of complex aromas within the first year in bottle.|
|Cases Produced:||2,824 (5,649 six packs)|
Youthful and deep red in color, the 2011 Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir offers loganberry, strawberry and white tea aromas with a touch of earth and brown sugar from aging in French oak barrels. The high fraction of Dijon clone 667 in the blend brings an abundance of fresh red fruit to the palate, with just a hint of jamminess on the finish.
-Steve Peck, Red Winemaker
Try with pan-seared sesame tuna, grilled portabella mushrooms or your favorite charcuterie.
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
Dijon clone 667 in the blend brings an abundance of fresh red fruit to the palate, with just a hint of jamminess on the finish.